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Miss Elizabeth, that I can from my heart most cordially wish you
equal felicity in marriage. My dear Charlotte and I have but one
mind and one way of thinking. There is in everything a most
remarkable resemblance of character and ideas between us. We
seem to have been designed for each other.” Elizabeth could safely
say that it was a great happiness where that was the case, and with
equal sincerity could add, that she firmly believed and rejoiced in
his domestic comforts. She was not sorry, however, to have the
recital of them in-
terrupted by the entrance of the lady from whom they sprang. Poor
Charlotte! it was melancholy to leave her to such society! But she
had chosen it with her eyes open; and though evidently regretting
that her visitors were to go, she did not seem to ask for
compassion. Her home and her housekeeping, her parish and her
poultry, and all their dependent concerns, had not yet lost their

At length the chaise arrived, the trunks were fastened on, the
parcels placed within, and it was pronounced to be ready. After an
affectionate parting between the friends, Elizabeth was attended to
the carriage by Mr. Collins, and as they walked down the garden,
he was commissioning her with his best respects to all her family,
not forgetting his thanks for the kindness he had received at
Longbourn in the winter, and his compliments to Mr. and Mrs.
Gardiner, though unknown. He then handed her in, Maria
followed, and the door was on the point of being closed, when he
suddenly reminded them, with some consternation, that they had
hitherto forgotten to leave any message for the ladies of Rosings.
“But,” he added, “you will of course wish to have your humble
respects delivered to them, with your grateful thanks for their
kindness to you while you have been here.” Elizabeth made no
objection; the door was then allowed to be shut, and the carriage
drove off.

“Good gracious!” cried Maria, after a few minutes’ silence, “it
seems but a day or two since we first came!- and yet how many
things have happened!”

“A great many indeed,” said her companion with a sigh.
“We have dined nine times at Rosings, besides drinking tea there
twice! How much I shall have to tell!” Elizabeth privately added,
“And how much I shall have to conceal!” Their journey was
performed without much conversation, or any alarm; and within
four hours of their leaving Hunsford they reached Mr. Gardiner’s
house, where they were to remain a few days.

Jane looked well, and Elizabeth had little opportunity of studying
her spirits, amidst the various engagements which the kindness of
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